The truth is, none of us knows what was wrong with Stoner. The story has always been a bit vague. Not that it's any of our business--because it's not--but no one has ever really described (publicly) what was wrong with him.
The diagnosis for chronic fatigue is based on exclusion. Various checks are done, and if at the end of all of them, nothing is found, then it becomes labelled as chronic fatigue. Western medicine seeks a magic pill to fix the problem. So far there hasn't been one. There is a clinic in Melbourne which has an incredibly successful rate, with healing most people within only a matter of weeks (much more than a month though). Chinese medicine also has some successful treatments, but they do not provide an immediate cure, although they do provide a significant difference. Western medicine is investigating an area of the brain that tells the body that your sick (when your not). Essentially, your body feels as if its got the flu, all the time. sleep is effected, concentration, stamina, body pains, headaches, diet issues, there's a whole list.
Every person with chronic fatigue fails to have a specific cause - the only common factor, is that the patient started with a virus. Up to a couple of years ago, I never believed it really existed. Ignorance and journalism though are bad bedfellows IMO. And if a journalist is simply writing popularist drivel, then its hardly journalism IMO. Fact is that such sicknesses are mostly more of a handicap than broken bones, which are mostly specifically treatable. And when their bones are healing, journalists do not attack the injured person with claims of mental weakness.
Edited by Melbourne Park, 29 October 2009 - 11:14.